www.smokeymountaindulcimer.com - Owned a run by Blaine Horlocker, the Smokey Mountain Dulcimer Works makes a variety of top-class dulcimers. He was taught by his grandfather up in the smokey mountains how to make musical instruments. He makes a fine array of other instruments as well, such as the ever popular strum stick
Smokey Mountain Dulcimer Works
Owned and run by Dwain Wilder, Bear Meadow Appalachian Dulcimers make fantastic hand-built dulcimers. Below are Dwain's own words from his website:
"My goal is making Appalachian dulcimers of superb beauty, projection, voice and action. I'd be happy to discuss building one for you. And I would also like to pass on as much as I can to aspiring builders and my luthier colleagues, to advance the state of the art. The information in these web pages will give you lots of details about what models I offer and my dulcimer building techniques, which you can use to learn how to build a mountain dulcimer".
This is my good friend Hugh Scullion's website - the maker of my solid bodied electric mandola. An instrument that has become the mainstay of my playing in the band. You can see a pic of me with this instrument on the contact page.
Hugh makes a whole variety of top class musical instruments to customers specifications - each one just as phenomenal as the next.
Hugh also makes the "Strummer" and "Superstrummer".
The Original Strummer - acoustic only
The Superstrummer - acoustic with opt. pickup
The STRUMMER and SUPERSTRUMMER are suitable for melody or chords, but ideal for folk, Irish , celtic and American folk music.Amazingly powerful and sweet sounding instrument. Easy to play and great fun! Ideal for backpacking and holidays.
Phone 01724 863095
James has been building fine custom musical instruments since 1978 in rural Bedford, Virginia. Working alone in a wood shop he designed and built, he has developed designs for ten different acoustic instruments. He is constantly working on research and development, sometimes alone, sometimes in collaboration with customers and professional musicians. Always striving to build better quality instruments and never content with the status quo. No assembly lines, just a lot of individual attention from start to finish. He can work with you to individualize your instrument or provide you with one he has created. He tries to keep his prices affordable so music can be a part of the lives of more people. A really nice guy and a great builder. Here's what he says about his company:
"I am a custom builder most well known for the 11 different models of hammered dulcimer I build including my ever popular 3/16/18/9 Custom Performance, the Linear Chromatic and Tsimbls. I also build and offer for sale a variety of other musical instruments to include Appalachian Dulcimers, Celtic Harps, Irish Bouzoukis, Guitars, Mandolins, Bowed Psalteries, Zithers, Thumb Pianos and Slit Drums. Also available are a full range of accessories, recordings, instructional materials and cases".
James Jones - Musical Instruments
1384 Coltons Mill Rd,
Bedford, VA 24523-5259
Phone: (540) 586-6319
Not only are Blue Lion friendly people to deal with, they also make fabulous instruments. Here's what their website says:
Since 1977, Blue Lion has been offering acoustic guitars and mountain dulcimers of the highest quality. We pride ourselves on the level of craftsmanship and aesthetic style for which our instruments are known, and continually strive to perfect our craft. Our instruments are not manufactured on an assembly line but are individually crafted by the two of us to the highest standards possible. In our 1600 square foot shop we combine the best elements of traditional tools and equipment with modern high precision machinery to produce instruments of unsurpassed quality and excellence.
10650 Little Quail Lane
phone: (805) 438-5569
Handmade musical instruments of all shapes, kinds and types - some I have only barely heard of. A fascinating website for all kinds of folkies and those specifically interested in the rarer types of string instruments.
Michael makes a fantastic range of stick dulcimers including an electric model. Although all his instuments are carefully and lovingly crafted from only the choicest woods, his prices seem to me to be very reasonable.
Michael J King
Jack Larwa of Dulcimercraft makes some truly outstanding dulcimers that not only sound great but are also very pleasing to the eye. Here is an excerpt from his website:
"I construct all of my instruments from top grade solid woods. I test each board for resonant quality before I begin to think about it for an instrument. I use a wide variety of woods ranging from Acer to Ziricote. I predominantly use nitrocellulose lacquer in the finishing of my dulcimers, but for some special projects I will use a French polish procedure, which is basically a fancy way to say "hand-rubbed shellac".
208 Jenkins Road
Eddyville, KY 42038
phone: (270) 625 6730
Wilfried Ulrich OF Ulricus is a maker of truly splendid dulcimers, but also an instrument I wasn't formerly acquainted with - The Hummel. A Hummel is similar to a dulcimer but has drone strings - anyway go look for yourselves, this guy makes some great looking instruments
ULRICUS - Instrumentenbau
Am Diekschloot 40
D - 26506 Norden / Ostfriesland